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Rio Oil & Gas Round Up

The Rio Oil & Gas expo was a huge success in 2012!

In our previous blog article (Rio Oil & Gas Expo 2012) we predicted that the event would attract over 53,000 attendees, in the end this was achieved with ease. Nevertheless, what made this year’s expo extra special was the fact that it marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the event.

The opening of the event began with industry leaders voicing their views on the future of the Latin America oil market. The president of IBP, João Carlos de Luca, highlighted Brazil’s success by reinforcing the point that the Country produces over 2 million barrels of oil a year.

It was during the opening conference that Marco Antonio Raupp (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in Brazil) exclusively mentioned the launch of a federal program designed to empower Brazilian suppliers throughout the supply chain of petroleum.

After each of the guest speakers had taken to the stage, the inaugural yellow and green ribbon was cut by:

  • Almir Barbassa (CFO of Petrobras)
  • Sérgio Machado (President of Transpetro)
  • Renato Casagrande (Governor of Espírito Santo)
  • Magda Chambriard (President ANP)
  • João Carlos de Luca (Chairman of IBP)
  • Marco Antônio Raupp (Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation).

The Event in Images

As soon as the ribbon was cut it was all systems go and the Brown McFarlane stand became flooded with friendly faces and business contacts from across the region.

Day 1

Nina West & Matthew Kirby with Filipe Vieira from Nuclep.

Day 2

Numes Torres of Bradella visited Nina and Matt at the Brown McFarlane stand.

Day 3


Day 4

Nina & Matt were still energetic on the 4th day after a busy first 3 days!

Nina & Matt were still networking at the event until the closing minutes.


The Brazilian Culture

After the expo, Nina and Matt spent their free time by taking in the Brazilian culture. They attended a local football match between Flamengo (from Flamengo bairro zone in Rio) and Gremio (from Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil).

The game ended fairly in a 1 – 1 draw. Nina and Matt are now keeping their eye on Flamengo’s future results in the hope that they can progress to the top half of the Brazilian Série A football league.

The Rio Oil & Gas exhibition has become a place in which new business relationships are formed and existing relationships are strengthened. However, the expo offers so much more than a standard business networking event. Rio de Janiero is truly a beautiful location and has a culture like no other.

Rio de Janiero we’ll see you at the next Oil & Gas expo in 2014.



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